The Thanksgiving Of It All

It dawned on me that going with my heart this year and decorating according to the current mood is exactly the theme for this year’s Thanksgiving of it all.

Nothing too elaborate or over the top, just simply going with tried and true pieces that speak Thanksgiving to me.

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Opening the cabinet doors of the section of the kitchen reserved for the good china and holiday appropriate plates proved to be the hardest part of the decorating plan.

Simple elegance is rooted in a cozy and comfortable ambiance.

sideboard-Thanksgiving-piecesTo me it simply isn’t a Thanksgiving table without serving pieces and figurines denoting a pheasant and turkey pattern.

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My great-grandmother, Mama Two, went to great measures to set a lovely Thanksgiving table each year she was with us.

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The Thrifted Table

Mama Two entertained and adorned with grace and what appeared an effortless command of the feast setting.  At least one pheasant and one turkey plate, platter, or figurine always found a planned path to the tabletop.

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Mismatched 6 Spoons Silverplate Teaspoons

Antique finds gathered over the years such as accent flatware pieces connect the dots to family tablescape traditions.

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Posts of Thanksgiving past prove my tried and true favorites don’t seem to waver.  Color combos and patterns continue to lean neutral to nature with at least one new or new to me addition added for good measure.

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Woodland Turkey Platter

Better Homes & Gardens Exposed White Clay Stoneware Drink Pitcher

Jadeite Green Glass Cake Stand with Loop Trim 

Antique J. H. W. & Sons Hanley England Serving Bowl

Mazie 20pc. Flatware

Hemlock Trails Cotton Quilted Round Reversible Placemat Set of 6

Ceramic Pumpkin Gravy Boat

In the Forest Owl Mixing, Measuring and All-Purpose Bowls, Set of 3

Linden Street Amber Glow Acorn Wood Serving Tray

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Something as simple as velvet ribbon and decorative feathers becomes a stunning choice of dinner napkin embellishment.

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Thanksgiving into Christmas 11 inch wreaths for use as chair wreaths or as decorative rings framing candles, serving bowls and/or cake stands.

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Lindsay Bowles Artist

Treasures found online and in store set a place for the unique and the uncommon.

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Treasure Chest

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Place cards zhuzh up the occasion.

DIY Thanksgiving Pear Place Cards

DIY Thanksgiving Pear Place Cards

Lovely place cards ideas range from fresh fruit au naturel or spray painted in your favorite holiday color.

Fall leaves and a Sharpie create festive place cards.

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Free printables such as this vintage brown turkey with fanned tail lend traditional beauty to the holiday table.

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The Graphics Fairy

How gorgeous is this pairing- get it?

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Good Housekeeping – Photography by Mike Garten

Roasted Pears

Ingredients

4 Bosc pears

2 tbsp Maple syrup

1 kosher salt and pepper

1 tbsp olive oil

½ cup walnuts, toasted

Directions

Preheat the oven to 350°F.  Wash and pat dry pears.  Cut each pear in half lengthwise and remove seeds.

Place the pears on the baking dish, with the cut side facing upward.

Fill each pear with toasted walnuts. Drizzle olive oil and maple syrup over pears. Sprinkle with  salt and pepper.

Bake for 30 minutes or until soft.

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Jadeite continues to have its moment, and the Martha Stewart Highbrook Jadeite Glass Loop Cake Stand is poised to become a timeless remembrance.

Martha Stewart Highbrook Jadeite Glass Loop Cake Stand in Mint

Martha Stewart Highbrook Jadeite Glass Loop Cake Stand in Mint

Well, folks, that’s the Thanksgiving of it all.

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Halloween Decorating Suggestions

Spooktacular Halloween decorating suggestions come in Halloween handy for the decorista who dares to bedazzle house and home in haunted fashion destined to thrill and delight the eye.

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Halloween is a prime time for showcasing your decorating creativity.

From fraught with frightful or a lavish display in spine-chilling style, doors, windows, fireplace mantels, staircases, porches, lawns, gardens, and sidewalks become prime players in a game of Halloween decorating dress-up.

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Affordable is the trick.

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Eye-catching is the treat.

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Clear Skull Beverage Dispenser

I like a little fright mixed with a tad of harmless haunt so the theme appeals to kids of all ages.

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Decorative Crow

Stoneware Appetizer Plate - Threshold

6″ Stoneware Appetizer Plate – Threshold™

Crow Classic Litho Poster Size

“Crow” Classic Litho Poster Size

Doorstops and garden statues easily and eerily stand fabulous as centerpieces for the Halloween feast table or bar cart.

Design Imports Cast Iron Rat Doorstop

Design Imports Cast Iron Rat Doorstop

Sit this rat doorstop next to a cheese board and let the oohs and eeks ensue.

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Resin Owl

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Halloween Small Bat

The Cathedral Gargoyle Statue

Cathedral Gargoyle Statue

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Resin Skull Frog

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Black Stretching Cat

Be sure to add by Black Cat by Janet Jackson to your Halloween playlist.

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Seasonal, special event, and holiday decorating can wreak double, double toil and trouble on one’s wallet; top reason why I like to source and suggest items that pull double decorating duty.

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Magnolia Dried Wreath Brown – Threshold™
81 oz Stoneware Pumpkin Jar – Threshold™
10 oz Stoneware Pumpkin Jar White – Threshold™
9.5 in Crackle Glass Pumpkin Decor
Large Ceramic Pumpkin Rust – Threshold™

Pumpkin decor far exceeds the plastic orange jack-o-lantern decor of yesteryear.

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Although I still love the vintage and throwback to childhood days pieces, I am over the harvest moon for many of the new traditional offerings found on sites and retail shelves.

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Spiced Pumpkin 9.5 Ounce Candle

Take a spiced pumpkin candle in deep amber orange and pair it with a faux maple leaf wreath in candle ring fashion and voilà-  a fall themed pumpkin palace centerpiece.

Bring the spooky-the creepy-the painful memories of stepping on these as a kid with a scattering of sweet gum tree balls in close proximity to the wreath.

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Sweet Gum Tree Balls

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When the clock strikes midnight on November 1st these accents find new life added to your home for the Thanksgiving holiday decorative accessories list.

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Halloween Classics

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Pier Place Witch Shoes Candy Bowl

Pier Place Witch Shoes Candy Bowl

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Cookie jar?

Candy bowl?

Pick your poison.

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Halloween Medallion Wall Decor with Snake

Halloween Medallion Wall Decor with Snake

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About ten days from Halloween (or party date) pick up a dozen or two of roses.  I stick them in a vase with very little warm water, and allow them to wither and dry out.

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Come the day of the dead roses place the stems in a freakishly gorgeous vase.

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Tulle by the yard is my go-to inexpensive solution to table wraps and centerpiece accessory.

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Vintage style eyeglasses, a novelty pipe, magnifying glass, and a Victorian style top hat(Halloween decoration now, Christmas tree topper for the holidays) and you’ve got yet another themed Halloween decorating suggestions centerpiece.

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Ambiance is an essential component in the entertaining equation.

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Good Housekeeping

Halloween 3in x 6in LED Melting Candle

Halloween 3in x 6in LED Melting Candle

Flameless LED candles cast a (safe) spell and shadow of mystique.

Ghost Candleholder

Ghost Candleholder

Dim all the lights is not only a Donna Summer disco hit, but my lighting rule for an enchanting evening.

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String lights in your favorite color offer a soft glow to light the party night.

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Recycled Glass Pumpkin Cloche

Place lights inside a clear glass pumpkin jar with lid or under a collection of clear glass cloches to create a simple yet elegant lighting option.

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Delighted with the look this in the style of designer pillow cover and a flecked spider from the dollar store nesting atop offers.

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Uninvited guests visiting front porch haunts provide creepy-crawly effects.

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Skeleton Swizzle Sticks

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Pumpkin Punch Bowl

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Skull Beverage Dispenser

Whiskey Wine Skull Cup

Whiskey Wine Skull Cup

Bat Cork Wine Bottle Stopper

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Serving Halloween decorating suggestions for decades, the ever appropriate orange and black plastic jack-o-lantern pail makes for the perfect pumpkin ice bucket.

Acrylic Skull Bucket, Clear Iridescent

Way to Celebrate 4.5-Quart Acrylic Skull Bucket, Clear Iridescent

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Kitchen Ghosts

Halloween Harvest Punch

Ingredients

4  cups apple cider

4 cups cranberry juice

3  cups ginger ale

1  cup orange juice

½ cup fresh lemon juice

3 cinnamon sticks

ice

apple slices, raspberries, and melon balls for garnish

Directions

In a large punch bowl, add ice, apple cider, cranberry juice, ginger ale, orange juice, lemon juice, and cinnamon sticks. Stir to mix.

Serve in rocks glasses over ice.

Garnish with apple slice, raspberry, and melon ball.

Skeletal Hand Plastic Cups

Skeletal Hand Plastic Cups

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Stackable Plastic Tumbler Cups, BPA Free, 8 Ounce, Red (Set of 4)

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Godinger Owl Stemmed Glasses Goblets, Drinking Glass – Set of 4

Moth Rocks Glass

Moth Rocks Glass

You’re traveling through another dimension, a dimension not only of sight and sound but of mind. A journey into a wondrous land whose boundaries are that of imagination.

Your next stop, the Twilight Zone and the buffet table.

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Royal Norfolk Black and White Dashed-Pattern Stoneware Dinner Plate

Halloween 52in x 90in PEVA Tablecloth - Critters & Insects

Halloween 52in x 90in PEVA Tablecloth – Critters & Insects

LED frog on skull tabletop decor

LED Frog on Skull Tabletop Decor

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Halloween Skeleton Tabletop Decor with Moths

Halloween Skeleton Tabletop Decor with Moths

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Mystic Eye Ouija Cutting Board

Halloween Cute Snack Bowl Stand,3-Tier

Halloween Broom Stand,3-Tier

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Pumpkin Wooden Appetizers Board
Halloween Stoneware Tombstone Serving Platter
3pc Stainless Steel Cheese Tool Halloween Set

Fun, frightful, and fabulous Halloween decorating suggestions offer affordable ideas and easy tips ready to help transform your home into the spooktacular showcase it’s sure to be.

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Welcome Fall Home

Today makes it official, friends. I am so excited to greet the season with accents and accessories, tastes and scents that welcome fall home.

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One would not know today is the first day of fall by the current weather in the Deep South.

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Hot and humid with temperatures rising lands us in full-on fallsummoween.

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High heat and humidity zaps the feel of fall, but apples paired with pears, cloves, and cinnamon offers the taste of fall refreshment.

Fall Fruit Facts: 

Did you know there are 7500 varieties of apples grown throughout the world with 1oo varieties grown commercially here in the United States.

Cinnamon (also called quills) is the perfect spice compliment to sweet and salty drinks and dishes.

Pears are members of the rose family (no, not the Rose family of Schitt’s Creek fame). Origins of the pear date back to 1000 B.C.

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Autumn Apple Pear Cinnamon Water

Ingredients

6 cups water

2 Gala apples cut into thin slices

1 Granny Smith apple cut into thin slices

1 pear (I used Bartlett) cut into thin slices

2 cinnamon sticks

3 whole cloves

Directions

Fill pitcher with water.  Add apple and pear slices, cinnamon sticks and whole cloves.  Give a quick stir to mix; cover and refrigerate overnight to allow flavors to blend.

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Why stop there?

Crisp mornings, afternoons, and evenings go splendidly with a warm beverage or warming cocktail.

Simple syrup or spiced concentrate added to your favorite fall hot or cold beverages amplifies the spice which in turn brings out the flavors so closely associated with fall.

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Vanilla Simple Syrup

Ingredients

1 cup granulated sugar

1 cup water

1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Directions

In a small saucepan over medium heat bring all ingredients to a soft boil; cooking until sugar dissolves making sure to stir the entire time.

Remove from heat and allow to completely cool. Transfer syrup to a heat safe jar or container and store in refrigerator.

Autumn Spiced Concentrate

Ingredients

2 cups water

3 cinnamon sticks

3 whole cloves

Directions

In a medium saucepan bring water, cinnamon sticks, and whole cloves to a to a boil. Reduce heat and allow to simmer for 5 minutes.

Your house will smell amazing during this part of the process!

Remove from heat and allow concentrate to cool before transferring to a heat safe jar or container.  Store in the refrigerator.

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Seasonal touches here and neutrals there decorate the dining room.

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Faux stems and bushes usually don’t tickle my fall decorating fancy, but this Japanese Maple bush from JOANN is absolutely lovely.

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Never underestimate the visual impact of the simple yet elegant seasonal décor accessory.

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DIY wreath project success means I like the way it turned out and find it too pretty to hang on the front door just yet, so it calls the foyer welcome fall home for now.

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Several posts ago I shared with you all my purchase and impending delivery of this Negative Oranges Framed Art Print from Kirkland’s Home.

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Don’t you love when an item you’re sure will work does just that.

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Our welcome fall home 2022 wishlist is almost complete.

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Vintage or in the style of vintage prints never fail to catch my eye.

Tennessee has really been on my mind and heart of late.

I purchased my first Anton Pieck print from an antiques shop in East Tennessee thirteen years ago, and last week I purchased this vintage Anton Pieck 3D Paper Art print of “The Ship” to add to the collection.

Hunting dog prints hung throughout my grandparent’s house, and the vintage porcelain figurine immediately took me back so in the cart it went.

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Pheasant Canvas Flat

Wishing my fellow fall fans a happy first day of fall is a Places In The Home tradition.

How do you welcome fall home?

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Decorating In Shades of Green

Befitting St. Patrick’s Day, today’s post shines the spotlight on decorating in shades of green.

Decorating in shades of green associates a natural beauty with a tangible balance that easily flows from space to space and shade to shade, complementing the core elements of design and décor.

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Lismore Castle – House & Garden- Photography by Andrea Jones

History proves blue the color originally associated with St. Patrick’s Day under the reign of Henry the VIII who claimed Ireland a kingdom in 1542.

Henry VIII of England, by Hans Holbein

With the formal creation of a new Kingdom, Ireland was appointed a coat of arms in the design of golden harp on a blue background.

It wasn’t until years later as a result of the Irish Rebellion in 1798 that green officially took notability as the color associated with St. Patrick’s Day.

Decorating In Shades of Green

“What color should be seen
Where our fathers’ homes have been
But their own immortal Green?”

— Author Unknown

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House & Garden – Photography by Simon Brown

Here’s a bit of color trivia:

Emerald green, a brilliant blue-green color, dates back in popularity to the mid-1800s.

Inexpensive to manufacture and therefore cheap to purchase, emerald green was a popular choice of household paint, and was widely used for patterned wallpaper.

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Ceara Donnelley Charleston Home – Photography by Brie Williams

Soon it was discovered one of the main components of the paint was arsenic, a chemical element when in an inorganic state proves severe.

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Better Homes & Gardens – Photography by Adam Albright

Damp spaces promoted the mold living in the wallpaper paste together with the arsenic to turn into a gas, creating a toxic environment.

It is believed Napoleon’s death in exile on St. Helena quite possibly was accelerated by his exposure to the Emerald green wallpaper decorating his favorite room.

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Some perceive the color connection between St. Patrick’s Day and the color green to the lush landscape of the Emerald Isle.

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“A color is as strong as the impression it creates.”

—Ivan Albright

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House & Garden – Photography Robert O’Byrne

I reached out to The Irish Aesthete, Robert O’Byrne, to ask his permission to use his photo of the marquetry floors in the grand salon at Ballyfin.

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The Irish Aesthete: Ruins of Ireland by Robert O’Byrne

He could not have been more gracious, and his knowledge of Ireland coupled with his visually stunning book, The Irish Aesthete: Ruins of Ireland by Robert O’Byrne, is quite impressive.

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Marquetry Floors of the Salon at Ballyfin, County Laois – The Irish Aesthete

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The Ruins of Kilcrea in County Cork – Robert Byrne

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Sarah Winchester Studios

Decorating in shades of green lends versatility and depth to the primary palette choice.

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Martha Stewart

“Mere color, unspoiled by meaning, and unallied with definite
form, can speak to the soul in a thousand different ways.”

— Oscar Wilde

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“Green is the prime color of the world,
and that from which its loveliness arises.”

— Pedro Calderon de la Barca

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“A color is as strong as the impression it creates.”

—Ivan Albright

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May the sun shine all day long
everything go right
and nothing wrong.
May those you love bring love back to you,
and may all the wishes
you wish come true.

Happy St. Patrick’s Day.

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Festive Halloween Decorating Ideas

Guests and ghouls alike will gasp with delight at these festive Halloween decorating ideas not too tame, not too terrifying.

It’s not too early to begin gathering festive Halloween decorating ideas and devilishly delightful goodies for your Halloween decorating extravaganza.

Bewitching decorative treasures festively bedeck your Halloween haunt for a day into night soiree of visual tricks and tasty treats.

Festive Halloween Decorating Ideas

Light the night and set a mood of stylish intrigue by illuminating your fright night soiree with distinctive lighting options.  

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Many moons ago I tricked out our kitchen and breakfast room in grand Halloween splendor.

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Black tulle, white taper candles, Spanish moss, a vintage candelabra, glass cloche, a decorative black crow, and magnolia leaves spray painted black dressed the night in fright and fun.

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Cat in Window Laser Cut Wood Tea Light Holder

Party possibilities range from pumpkin luminaries using clear glass cylinder vases to clear cylinder vases filled with moss, mini pumpkins and creepy plastic creatures thrown in for decoratively dreadful measure.

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You local dollar store is an excellent starting point for party needs or party decoration fillers.

Did you hear the recent news of a popular dollar store raising their prices from $1.00 per item to $1.25 – $1.50 to offset rising production/shipping costs?

Now I guess we’ll call these party decor go-to stores dollarish stores.

Regardless, if you’re anything like me you favor festive Halloween decorating ideas like the following that remain big on festive Halloween decorating ideas fun, not big on festive Halloween decorating ideas prices.

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Candles.

Natural Moss Mix

Natural moss mix.

glass cylinder vases

Glass cylinder vases.

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Faux flowers in dark and boo-tiful colors.

All of the above make delightful and frightful additions to captivating centerpieces.

Koyal Wholesale Compote Bowl Centerpiece Mercury Glass Antique Pedestal Vase

Koyal Wholesale Compote Bowl Mercury Glass Antique Pedestal Vase

Creepy chic.

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Heart Shape Form Bud Vase

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11″ Grapevine Witch Hat by Ashland®

Centerpiece ideas include classic orange and black Halloween decorating accouterments, fresh or faux festive flowers, and creepy and crawly spiders and snakes in hauntingly beautiful form with a hint of chilling chic compliments of a can or two of spray paint in your favorite color(s).

Halloween Decorative Sculpture - Hyde & EEK! Boutique™

Halloween Decorative Sculpture – Hyde & EEK! Boutique™

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Iron Boot Jack Cricket

Halloween tabletop decoration today, iron boot jack cricket hearth  decorative figurine tomorrow.

Assorted Eyeball Tabletop Accent by Ashland

Assorted 3.5″ Eyeball Tabletop Accent by Ashland®

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The top hat tips its hat to decoration triple duty.

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Primp it out for Halloween, tidy it up with a gold band and pheasant feathers for the perfect Pilgrim piece at Thanksgiving, and top it off with glitter stems at Christmas as a tree topper.

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Fun idea found on Pinterest.

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It reminds me of my dress painting adorning the dining room sideboard that I’ll drape sheer white lace over and backlight for a white wedding theme.

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Oh, and the eyes on you throw pillows will work into the night perfectly.

The call to edit and decorate with items you already have is coming from inside the house.

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Create a little tone on tone visual magic with a can or two of spray paint in your Halloween color of choice.

Begin with a grapevine or straw wreath.

Hunt and gather a harvest of dry leaves, stems, twigs, vines, and branches from nature’s arts-and-crafts-store (your yard).

Spray paint both sides of the crop and allow to completely dry.

Snake and intertwine your painted gathering work of decorating art down the center of the table in table runner fashion.

Painted wreaths become everything from a cake stand base to a candle ring.

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Scary chic, super affordable befitting centerpiece and table runner problem solved.

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Pumpkin Man Tabletop Accent by Ashland®

Dark and eerie rules the night for adults, but may prove to be frightening for younger attendees.

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Halloween Black Crescent Witch Sign

Vintage style decorations make an excellent choice of theme for a family-friendly soiree.

Tabby Cat Vase

Tabby Cat Vase

Halloween Candy Bowl Options

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Vintage Copper Pot – EBTH

Hammered Copper Party Tub

Hammered Copper Party Tub

I lost my head.

Grecian Bust Pot

A&B Home Visage Medium Cement Vase

Stoneware Pumpkin Serving Dish - Threshold™

Stoneware Pumpkin Serving Dish – Threshold™

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Pair a grapevine bird nest from the craft department with a black feathered crow found in the Halloween section for a spook-takular candy dish alternative.

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A cast iron cauldron pot fits right in with the trick and treat taste of Halloween.

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Large Black Cauldron
Alchemade Pure Copper Ladle

Serving ideas for party potions of the leaded and unleaded varieties include a bewitching large black cauldron, copper ladle, DIY beverage dispenser,  punch bowl made from a pumpkin, and of course, dry ice to create a special effect foggy look.

Kitchen Ghosts

Special effects cast a spell of delight for the eye at a Halloween happening.

Dry ice punch bowl recipe

The dry ice punch bowl recipe from SheKnows spells how simple and safe instructions on how to boil over the Halloween punch bowl or cauldron.

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Skull Beverage Dispenser

Dispensers and decanters in the Halloween spirit.

Glass Decanter Skull Patterned

Glass Decanter Skull Patterned

Shade Skull Decanter

Shade Skull Decanter

Foster & Rye Skull Liquor Decanter, Clear Glass Skull Shaped Whiskey Decanter with Stopper

Clear Glass Skull Shaped Whiskey Decanter with Stopper

Take a pumpkin, stick a spigot in it, and you’ve got a party pumpkin keg.

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DIY Pumpkin Keg

What You’ll Need:

large pumpkin

serrated knife

long handle spoon

marker pen

spigot

Directions

Begin by cutting the top off the pumpkin.  Set aside.

Using a long handle spoon, remove the pumpkin seeds and pulp.

Select where you want the spigot to be on the pumpkin.  Using the marker pen, trace a circle around the spot.

Being very careful, take the knife and cut the hole out for the spigot.  Make the hole the same size as tap to eliminate leaking from the opening.

Insert spigot into the hole and tighten.

Pour the fall seasonal beer or hard cider of your choice into the pumpkin and place the pumpkin top on.

Your beverage will pick up a slight to complementing pumpkin flavor, so select with that in mind.

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Smoking Blackberry Sage Margarita

Devilishly delicious drinks, anyone?

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Non-alcoholic Pumpkin Punch

Ingredients

8 cups apple cider

2 cups orange juice

½ teaspoon ground cinnamon

½ teaspoon ground cloves

2  15 oz cans pumpkin puree

For Garnish:

1 cup maple syrup

1 cup cinnamon sugar

cinnamon sticks

apple slices

star anise

Directions

In a medium sized saucepan, simmer cider, orange juice, cinnamon and cloves for 5 minutes.  Whisk in pumpkin puree until combined with other flavor and a smooth consistency is reached.

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Eat, Drink, & Be Scary Tumbler

For an extra blast of tasty fall flavor, rim glasses by dipping the rim into maple syrup first and then dip into cinnamon sugar mixture.

Garnish with a cinnamon stick, apple slices, and star anise.

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Cinnamon water is a delicious beverage option that’s as tasty as it is easy to make.

This stove top method brings out the flavor and color of the cinnamon.

Begin by adding 2 cinnamon sticks to 2 cups of water to a saucepan. Bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer for 5 minutes.

Allow concentrate to cool before adding to cold water and ice.

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TableTop King 10 oz Wine Glasses, Stemmed Style in Red, Set of 6

Skull Ice Cube Mold Tray

Skull Ice Cube Mold Tray

Tablewares and Serving Pieces

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Tarot cards make whimsical place cards.

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Select a Sharpie in a commanding color and personalize with guests name.

Tattoo Tarot Board Game Cards

Tattoo Tarot Board Game Cards

Eat, Drink and Be Scary Serving Platter - Threshold™

Eat, Drink and Be Scary Serving Platter – Threshold™

Delivery!

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6″ Stoneware Cat Face Appetizer Plate – Threshold™

Treasures found, ordered, and delivered today make me Halloween happy.

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When Halloween party hosting for twenty or less guests, and with Dave the Builder sharing KP duties, I go with “real” plates, utensils, glassware, etc…

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Royal Norfolk Orange Stoneware Plate

Dollarish store stoneware plates and plastic chargers in traditional Halloween colors stack up a wicked good look.

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Royal Norfolk Black Stoneware Plate

Super scary-cute-sweet Halloween theme plastic and paper tableware options are everywhere this time of year, and make an impressive showing and an easy clean-up undertaking.

Royal Norfolk Red Swirl Side Plate

Royal Norfolk Red Swirl Side Plate

Metallic Silver Scroll Charger Plate

Metallic Silver Scroll Charger Plate

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Leopard love!

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Leopard Print Charger Plate

This Mystic Eye Ouija Cutting Board is so unique.

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Mystic Eye Ouija Cutting Board

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Skeleton Tongs

Rats and cheese go together like a Halloween themed cheese board.

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Black Wood Rectangular Cheese Boards

Rubber rats straight out of the Halloween decorations aisle placed on a black cheese board create a deliciously eerie display most Halloween appropriate.

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Natural beauty pumpkins are simple to make and simply elegant when completed.

Simply heat up the old glue gun (caution, it’s hot!) and hot glue lush leaves to the pumpkin.

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I hope one or more of these tasty and festive Halloween decorating ideas tricks and treats your Halloween soiree spook-takular.

Fetching Friday: Pretty Sights All In A Scroll

Today’s Fetching Friday shines the spotlight on pretty sights all in a scroll. I find a visual respite from the unpleasant beautifully works to clear out the cobwebs and reset mind and soul.

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Luxe- Photography by Annie Schlechter

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Richard Keith Langham

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Janine Stone – House & Garden

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Utah Valley Bride

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Apt La Fayette

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Brides- Photography by Rebecca Yale

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Charlotte Moss – Flower Magazine

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Victoria Magazine

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Tucker & Marks

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Life is a beautiful experiment best served when we open our eyes, ears and hearts to the pretty sights all around us.

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Dorm Room Decor Ideas Show and Tell

In person return to campus activities are a go for now, and with that comes one of the best parts of the back to campus process- the decorating of the dorm room with decor pieces from the annual Places In The Home dorm room decor ideas show and tell.

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Taking a basic dorm room and putting your personal style stamp on it  creates a home away from home cozy, comfy, and stylish haven to call your own.

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LSU Residential Life

The objective is to introduce the creature comforts you find you relate to in a positive, cozy, and comfortable manner.

Decorate your dorm room, townhouse, condo, or apartment with aesthetically pleasing accents and accessories in tune with your taste and personal style.

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Flashback to 1980 and my dorm room digs.

This flashback to 1980 photo of my dorm room digs is not the best quality, but it gives a general idea of the on-trend decor accents, colors, texture, and patterns of the day.

I forgot how much I loved the dark green ginger jar that was a gift with a purchase of Jungle Gardenia cologne, not to mention the plastic bamboo and rattan lamp in bright yellow.

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Let’s begin this dorm room decor ideas show and tell with accents and accessories in stylish color, texture, pattern and affordable fashion thoughtfully chosen to assist in elevating your dorm room digs to the wow! this is gorgeous level.

Dorm Room Decor Ideas Show and Tell

Plush, glam and leopard love dorm accessories in shades of pink, gold and winter white trend to be favorites among the back to campus crowd.

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Flamingo Gold & White Table Lamp

Selecting just the right dorm room accents and accessories is meant to be a fun endeavor.

Fabric Wrapped Table Lamp with Dotted Animal Print, Brown and Black

Fabric Wrapped Table Lamp with Dotted Animal Print, Brown and Black

Space saving solutions need not be unattractive.

Porch & Den Lincoln Corner Desk

Porch & Den Lincoln Corner Desk

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Don’t confuse affordable with cheap.

Customer reviews tell the tale, and the majority of them for the Linon Peggy 2 Drawer Writing Desk come in as glowing.

Excellent value!

Beautiful.

Easy to assemble.

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Linon Peggy 2-Drawer Writing Desk, 30″ Tall, White

Let’s be clear- this stacking armless chair is dorm room decorating ideas chic

Stacking Clear Molded Designer Armless Chair

Stacking Clear Molded Designer Armless Chair

Mainstays Plush Velvet Office Chair, Pearl Blush

A soft and stylish rug such as this Khalhari Hand-Tufted Faux Fur Pink Area Rug is a great choice for creating a chic and comfy setting.

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Khalhari Hand-Tufted Faux Fur Pink Area Rug

PAC PINK Area Rug by Kavka Designs

PAC PINK Area Rug by Kavka Designs

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SAFAVIEH Handmade Casablanca Shag Vilma Moroccan Wool Rug – 5′ x 8′ 

Taylor & Olive Parralena Peach Geometric Shag Rug

Taylor & Olive Parralena Peach Geometric Shag Rug

Paris Light Canvas Art Print

Paris Light Canvas Art Print

A one for you, and one for your dorm mate pairing.

Cox 22" Metal/Glass LED Table Lamp, Light Coral (Set of 2) by JONATHAN Y

Cox 22″ Metal/Glass LED Table Lamp, Light Coral (Set of 2) by JONATHAN Y

Manila Cylinder Drum Accent Table - Project 62™

Manila Cylinder Drum Accent Table – Project 62™

Comfy and cozy is an essential design and decorating element in this dorm room decorating ideas show and tell.

Mosier Modern Glam Faux Fur Bean Bag - Christopher Knight Home

Mosier Modern Glam Faux Fur Bean Bag – Christopher Knight Home

Mainstays Faux Fur Saucer Chair, Multiple Colors

Mainstays Faux Fur Saucer Chair, Multiple Colors

Silver Orchid Gish Storage Ottoman

Silver Orchid Gish Storage Ottoman

Braided Seagrass Round Basket Natural - Opalhouse

Braided Seagrass Round Basket Natural – Opalhouse

The Curated Nomad Wit Moroccan-inspired Pouf Ottoman

The Curated Nomad Wit Moroccan-inspired Pouf Ottoman

Rainha Cushion Tufted Velvet College Headboard

Rainha Cushion Tufted Velvet College Headboard

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Mandala Carved Faux Headboard

Mandala Carved Faux Headboard

Brooklyn 7-Pc. Cotton Bedding Sets

Brooklyn 7-Pc. Cotton Bedding Sets

Chenille Dot 2-Pc. TwinTwin XL Comforter Set

Chenille Dot 2-Pc. Twin XL Comforter Set

Whim by Martha Stewart Collection Novelty Print Twin Sheet Set

Whim by Martha Stewart Novelty Print Twin 2-Pc Sheet Set, 250 Thread Count 

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Home Expressions Tropical Leaf Comforter Set

Nourison Jubilant JUB19 Pink Indoor Area Rug

Nourison Jubilant JUB19 Pink Indoor Area Rug

Vish 1 Drawer End Table with USB Port - miBasics

Vish 1 Drawer End Table with USB Port – miBasics

SAFAVIEH Lighting 28-inch Cream Foo Dog Table Lamp (Set of 2) - 14"x9"x28.5"

SAFAVIEH Lighting 28-inch Cream Foo Dog Table Lamp (Set of 2)

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Calm Woman Portrait Art Print

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Album Frame

Album Frame

Decorative planters make excellent catchalls for everything from makeup brushes to K-cup pods.

Grecian Bust Pot

Grecian Bust Pot

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Style meets function in these super cute desk accessories and supplies.

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Novogratz Dobby Matte Rose Desk Lamp

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Desk Organization-Accessories-Supplies

 Gold "Hands" Bookend Set of 2

Danya B. Antique Gold “Hands” Bookend Set of 2

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Mini Beast Super Duper Loud Portable Bluetooth Speaker

Anker PowerCore+ 26800mAh 3-port Quick Charge 3.0 Power Bank

Anker PowerCore+ 26800mAh 3-port Quick Charge 3.0 Power Bank

Super chic in a 70s vibe kind of way, the vintage inspired Elise Vanity and Stool Set of caged rattan is a custom made piece for college into postgraduate style days.

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Elise Vanity and Stool Set

Cosmetique Wastebasket White - Allure Home Creations

Cosmetique Wastebasket White – Allure Home Creations

Lexington 3-Tier Rolling Cart by Simply Tidy™

Lexington 3-Tier Rolling Cart by Simply Tidy™

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CozyBlock Large Modern Cosmetic Organizer Portable Storage Drawer

Sonia Kashuk™ Countertop Makeup Tray Organizer - Clear

Sonia Kashuk™ Countertop Makeup Tray Organizer – Clear

Wild Sage™ Sadie Hooded Bath Robe

Wild Sage™ Sadie Hooded Bath Robe

Sweet Cheeks Bath Mat

Sweet Cheeks Bath Mat

Hover Image to Zoom 20.5 in. W Animal Laundry Hamper in White

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Montreux Iron and Leather Butterfly Chair

Montreux Iron and Leather Butterfly Chair

Better Homes & Gardens Pillow Lounge Chair, Brown Faux Leather Upholstery

Better Homes & Gardens Pillow Lounge Chair, Brown Faux Leather Upholstery

Channeled Sling Chair - Vegan Leather

Channeled Sling Chair – Vegan Leather

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Carbon Loft Stamper Cirque Bronze Metal Accent Drum Table

Better Homes & Gardens 6-Cube Storage Organizer, Rustic Gray

Better Homes & Gardens 6-Cube Storage Organizer, Rustic Gray

DHP Flora Mid Century Daybed

DHP Flora Mid Century Daybed

Betseyville 20 X 20 Betseys Tiger Throw Pillow Raven Black

Betseyville 20 X 20 Betseys Tiger Throw Pillow Raven Black

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Mainstays Parsons Office Living Room Desk, Espresso Finish

Mainstays Parsons Office Living Room Desk, Espresso Finish

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Mesh Office Computer Chair with Lumbar Support & 360° Rolling Casters

Neutral Dot Abstract Canvas Art Print

Neutral Dot Abstract Canvas Art Print

Hand Table Lamp with USB

Hand Table Lamp with USB

Novogratz Globe Electric Haydel Light Blackened Steel Table Lamp

Novogratz Globe Electric Haydel Light Table Lamp

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Joel Mod Ombre Geometric Area Rug

Gavin Modern Geometric Area Rug

Gavin Modern Geometric Area Rug

Mini Table Lamp with Angled Fabric Shade Red - Simple Designs

Mini Table Lamp with Angled Fabric Shade Red – Simple Designs

Hillside Side Table - Project 62

Hillside Side Table – Project 62

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Gymax 2 Drawers Nightstand Side Table Storage Unit Metal Frame Dorm Room

Lamps Per Se 16.5- inch Robot Table Lamp (Set of 2)

Lamps Per Se 16.5- inch Robot Table Lamp (Set of 2)

Texture® Brand Trunk - Bronze

Texture® Brand Trunk – Bronze

mDesign Vertical Dresser Storage Tower with 4 Drawers

mDesign Vertical Dresser Storage Tower with 4 Drawers

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Exto 6Ft. Extension Cord

Featuring dual cast-aluminum tamper-resistant grounded 3-prong sockets, along with white stainless-steel housing and cover that are powder coated for durability and reduced emissions, the Extō Extension Cord includes a 6 foot 16-gauge cotton-covered industrial power cord impervious to oil and water, rated to 1,560 watts.

Non-slip, non-marking polyurethane feet keep the Extō extension cord firmly in place on a desk, table or countertop, while 4 holes on the underside allow mounting to almost any surface.

NCAA LSU Tigers 12 State Map Wood Sign

NCAA LSU Tigers 12″ State Map Wood Sign

Reversible Microfiber Solid Comforter - Room Essentials™

Reversible Microfiber Solid Comforter – Room Essentials™

Printed Microfiber Sheet Set - Room Essentials

Printed Microfiber Sheet Set – Room Essentials

Oversized Supersoft Plush Throw

Oversized Supersoft Plush Throw

Arm & Hammer™ Odor Busterz™ 3-Pack Deodorizing Balls

Arm & Hammer™ Odor Busterz™ 3-Pack Deodorizing Balls

Rise & Shine 28 Bath Rug

Rise & Shine 28″ Bath Rug

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Keurig K-Mini Single-Serve K-Cup Pod Coffee Maker

Keurig K-Mini Single-Serve K-Cup Pod Coffee Maker in Oasis

Dash Mini Maker Electric GriddleDash Mini Maker Electric Griddle

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YETI DuraCoat Rambler 20 oz Tumbler

YETI DuraCoat Rambler 20 oz Tumbler

Einstein Headphone Stand

Einstein Headphone Stand

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Bose QuietComfort 35 Wireless Headphones II

Sony WF-XB700 Truly Wireless Bluetooth Headphones with EXTRA BASS

Sony WF-XB700 Truly Wireless Bluetooth Headphones with EXTRA BASS

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Anecdote Candle Vinyl Records Scented Candle

Wallet, and phone, and stuff.  Oh, my.

Acacia Wood Valet Tray

Acacia Wood Valet Tray

Marshall-3.2 Cubic-Foot Medium-Capacity Bar Fridge

Marshall MF3.2BLK-NA 3.2 Cubic-Foot Medium-Capacity Bar Fridge

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Presto PopLite Hot Air Popcorn Popper

Share the corn, not the germs.

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Dollar store runs result in disposable single serving popcorn bags, inexpensive treats, goodies and dorm room necessities.

The College Cookbook - by Weldon Owen (Paperback)

The College Cookbook – by Weldon Owen (Paperback)

Oster Precise Blend 200 Blender - Black

Oster Precise Blend 200 Blender – Black

Oster Single Burner Hot Plate

Oster Single Burner Hot Plate

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Sunbeam 0.7 cu ft 700 Watt Microwave Oven - Black

Sunbeam 0.7 cu ft 700 Watt Microwave Oven – Black

Oster 2-Slice Toaster

Oster 2-Slice Toaster

I hope one or more of these selections from this dorm room decor ideas show and tell offers inspiration for your dorm room or apartment furnishing.

Love your style!

Every-Day Beauty: Decorating with Flowers

As far as adding a touch of spring flair and fragrance goes, decorating with flowers is by far one of the loveliest, easiest, and visually delightful ways to bring the very best of the garden to the spring and summer decorating scheme.

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Charlotte Moss Flowers

Interior designer and tastemaker Charlotte Moss newest book, Charlotte Moss Flowers, is a delightful grab a cup or glass of tea-curl up with a good book guide to bringing in-full bloom beauty to house and home.

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Charlotte Moss Flowers

“There are always flowers for those who want to see them.”
—Henri Matisse

Wedgwood Blue Jasperware pitcher

Wedgwood Blue Jasperware

With the garden as her muse, Charlotte Moss celebrates the season of fresh and fragrant through inspired ideas for floral arrangements, tablescapes, and containers ideal for every-day living picture perfect placement around the house.

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Charlotte Moss Flowers

Inspiration truly is everywhere, especially at the movies.

Turner Classic Movies is featuring 31 Days of Oscar; a month long homage to the best of the best Academy Award winning Hollywood movie classics.

Multitasking at the movies is the activity I’ve mastered of late.

On monitor screen left is my blog post dashboard while on screen right is the feature film du jour.

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Classic blue and white in two lovely presentations.

Elizabeth Taylor Giant dining room gardenias

I get completely caught up movie set interiors and location choices, so much so I go from writing to capturing scenes for my photo portfolio courtesy of Windows PrtScn.

Of particular design and decorative accents visual interest is the breakfast scene from the movie Giant.

Chippendale, crystal, porcelain, and silver frame the scene, but the bowl of fresh gardenias steal the show.

Gardenias in a bowl will forever be a simple yet elegant decorating with flowers showstopper.

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Flower Magazine

Are you a fan of incorporating fresh from the garden (or floral department) flowers into your every-day decorating touches?

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